The Manga Edutainment Project is an event hosted by the Nippon Foundation in which they promote manga titles which are fun, easy to understand, educational, create empathy, and allow readers to experience new worlds. The project aims to project manga, which are generally viewed as entertainment, as educational tools that can create an appetite for learning or spark interest in social issues among children and young people.
On October 25, they announced 50 more titles, adding up to the 100 titles they already promoted in 2015.
The selection was done by a panel of experts: Machiko Satonaka (manga artist), Ichiya Nakamura (professor of Keio University Graduate School of Media design), Youhei Sadoshima (CEO of Cork inc.) and ten other specialists from different fields.
The works are divided into eleven categories including literature, history, science and learning, professions, war, diversity, and sports. Among the selected works were:
- The Yellow Book – A Friend Named Jacques Thibault – Literature
- Miss Bernard Said – Literature
- Saint☆Young Man – Life and Universe
- Bakuman – Professions
- Yotsubato! – Daily Life
- Gurazeni – Sports
- Giant Killing – Sports
- Mojya-kou – Science and Education
Mojya-kou was published by F. Fujio in 1969. The selection was not constricted by genre or age.
On the official website, the campaign ‘This is my educational manga!’ allows people to share their own manga rankings and share them on their social media. The data will be gathered and published as a general ranking by the middle of December, 2016.
You can check the 50 new titles and the old 100 proposed titles at Tachikawa Manga Park’s featured bookshelves.